On 23-30 August a team of the IRCTP (Baia Zhuzhunadze, Giorgi Khukhunaishvili and Giorgi Gogitadze) with support of Chanting Foundation visited the city of Inegol, Turkey aiming to help local Georgians reviving their singing tradition. A number of songs were restored during their stay. In addition to the songs valunteers were also taught instrumental pieces for chiboni, restored from Ahmed Ozkan Melashvili’s recordings. With the purpose to revive tradition, the performers were given a few instruments as gifts.

At the same time working in a four-language book “Georgian Polyphony in Western Turkey: in the Footsteps of Peter Gold” was completed. Publication presents the musical traditions of village Hairiye, audio and notated examples of songs and instrumental pieces recorded by Ahmet Ozkan Melashvili (1965-1966), Peter Gold (1968) and IRCTP (2015). The collection will be exhibited at Frankfurt Book Fair in October together with the Centre’s another recent publication “Grimaud and Georgian Song”.

IRCTP published #24 Bulletin (June, 2018) which is available at the website and Facebook page of the center.

The bilingual bulletin of the IRCTP provides the information on the performance and study of traditional music, as well as presents novelties from Georgia’s ethnomusicological life.

The process of registration and selection of the scientists and ensembles participating in the 9th International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony (October 30-3 November) has ended!

By the decision of the Symposium Program Committee 45 scientists (30 scholars from 15 countries of the world and 15 from Georgia, as well as British producer Dan Shutt with his documentary about Albanian Iso-Polyphony) have been accepted to participate in the symposium in various formats.

The Symposium offers particularly diverse concert program including concerts of urban music, Georgian fusion and traditional music, with the participation of traditional music ensembles from 7 countries of the world.


IRCTP published #23 Bulletin (December, 2017) which is available at the website and Facebook page of the center.

The bilingual bulletin of the IRCTP provides the information on the performance and study of traditional music, as well as presents novelties from Georgia’s ethnomusicological life.


In January 16 head of the International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony, Rusudan Tsurtsumia and specialist of the center, Teona lomsadze read lecture about “Music in Tbilisi – past and present“. lecture was held at the Zakaria Paliashvili museum.

For further information you can visit following website

International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony of Vano Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire and the International Centre for Georgian Folk Song are pleased to announce that The scholars working on the problems of polyphony are invited to participate in the 9th International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony will be held on 30 October-3 November, 2018, in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Please, carefully read the TIMLINE section and pay

attention to the on-line form of CONFIRMATION OF ACCEPTANCE 

Call for papers of the 9th Symposium 2018


The IRCTP team is happy to announce that specialist of the center Nino Razmadze won Edisher and Giorgi (Gigi) Garakanidze scholarship, established by Georgian Chanting Foundation. We congratulate Nino and wish farther success in her career!


Specialist of IRCTP and doctoral student of ethnomusicology at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Teona Lomsadze won PhD grant of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation. According to the grant, she will realize several scientific activities, including research visits to the world’s famous ethnomusicologists (Bruno Nettl, Jane Sugarman, Caroline Bithell, Martin Stokes) and presenting individual paper at the musicological conference City University of New York (CUNY).

We would like to congratulate Teona and wish her farther success in her scientific career!



On September 5-9, the 33rd European Seminar in Ethnomusicology took place in Tbilisi, Georgia. The conference was hosted by the International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony at Tbilisi State Conservatoire, which is very experienced in holding International Symposia on Traditional Polyphony since 2002.

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